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Toronto Maple Leaf News and Rumors
Common sense tells us that the Leafs will trade at least 1 of their Dmen away to get a forward(s). Brian Burke was on TheFan 590 today and did absolutely nothing to dismiss these rumors.
I suggest we look at a couple options about what we could get in return for some of them.
First off lets look at Toronto Defencemen
As a leaf fan, I cannot see how our team is going to penalty kill let alone score goals. One thing that I think Burkie should do is this:
I Everyone, the following is not a rumour Its just my opinion about the draft, Free agents and of course my 2cent idea of what Leafs plans are for coming up summer.
As draft day roles around more and more rumors of trades are talked about. Especially talks about Leafs all-star defenceman Tomas Kaberle. Burke has already let his intentions known as he is still after London sniper John Tavares, with Brayden Schenn being his backup.
Toronto among teams sniffing around Atlanta’s No. 4 pick
Tim Wharnsby — Globe and Mail
Perhaps Brian Burke has a trading partner before the NHL entry draft, after all.
Brian Burke stated on TSN (video All Quiet) he was prepared to move down a few spots if the player they want to draft is still available.
…. and, like the NYI GM Snow did last year with the Isles top pick- trade down a few times this year with the Maple Leafs pick?
Actually, Burke would still be pullin’ a Burkie, because that’s exactly what he did last year with the Ducks 1st rounder when he traded down twice and picked up a few extra picks in the process.
This is what i think could happen on draft day….
If by some miracle Tavares is still on the board after the Islanders pick hes a Maple Leaf…. If not and he is taken, the leafs will drop back and grab Zach Kassian…. This guy is good check him out, and the best part is the leafs will still get another pick or two when they grab him….. Look for teams willing to unload mistake contracts on Toronto….
The Draft starts off with the Islanders selecting hedman to the suprise of many fans
The Lighting select Tavares, the avalance get the no brainer in Matt Duchene, and the Thrashers select a skilled gritty winger in Evander Kane.
The kings select Brayden Schenn and the coyotes go with the big d-man Jared Cowen.
The leafs make a trade. They trade down to 11th with nashville. The leafs trade the 7th pick to the preds for the 11th, 42nd and 72nd picks( This isnt original, I read it in another article and liked the idea)
Toronto selects Zach Kassian with the 11th.
The leafs trade kaberle to florida for the 14th pick, 44th pick and shawn mathias(Maybe too much return)
The Leafs select Ryan Ellis/John Moore, whoever is still available
This leaves leafs with 42, 44, 50, 58, 68 and 72 in first 3 rounds
They then select olivier roy with 42nd, alex chaission with 44th pick, Brayden Mcnabb with 50, Taylor Doherty with 58, alexander avtsyn with 68, Ben Hanowski with 72
On draft day the leafs are going for a higher pick but who wll they trade to get it? Well there are a few they need to move like, Nik Hagman With a 3 Million dollars a season should be traded, Boyd Devereaux could go due to the fact the leafs are set in the Center Spot, Pavel Kubin can with they big money contract isn’t playing at the level he should, Tomas Kaberle can go if there is a trade for a pick but he is still good.
Soooo, it didn’t take long for the center of the universe to get to Brian Burkes head. Not only is he walking a very thin ethical and legal line by talking about players under contract, he is shaming the future Leafs Captain and the most solid building block the Leafs have had since Sundin in Luke Schenn, not to mention setting himslef up for a huge faceplant at the draft table and upstaging the greatest playoff round of hockey in memory.
There have been countless proposals & wild speculation in regards to the Maple Leafs draft day strategy however, I would like to take a more logical look at the possibilities.
The Leafs currently hold the 7th overall pick in the upcoming entry draft which is speculated to be the deepest in years. The projected top ten NHL hopefulls all show the potential to be a solid building block for their respected NHL clubs.